Is your yard brown from a harsh winter?
Good. Here are 10 reasons why you should stop fussing over your lawn and let it die.
1. Grass lawns waste water. No surprise here. According to the EPA, 30 to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used for watering lawns — and due to poor timing and application, most of this water is totally wasted.
2. Grass lawns waste energy. According to the EPA, each year in the United States:
3. Lawns waste time. You know all of those hours you spend mowing your lawn? Don’t you have something better to do with your time? I’m sure you can easily think of at least a dozen things you’d rather be doing. Playing with your kids or pets? Reading a book? Catching up with friends on the porch over a pitcher of iced tea?
4. Lawns are a waste of space. Why grow grass when you could grow a beautiful garden of native species and vegetables?
5. Lawns cause air pollution. While razor push-mowers are coming back, the majority of people in the United States still rely on the gasoline-powered lawn mowers, which have an enormous carbon footprint. The 54 million Americans mowing their lawns each weekend with gas-powered mowers may be contributing as much as five percent of the nation’s air pollution, according to the EPA.
The EPA estimates that the amount of pollution emitted by a lawnmower operating for one hour is equivalent to the amount of pollution emitted by a car driven for approximately 45 miles.
6. Lawns encourage the use of fertilizers and lawn treatments that are hazardous to people, animals, and water. Each year, the United States spends $700 million on the 67 million pounds of synthetic pesticides that are used on U.S. lawns, according to the EPA.
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